What you need to know: Green initiative (like Ikea solar panels!) vs. campus carbon footprint

Ikea Solar Panels (USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.)

Ikea Solar Panels (USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.)

The Internet is abuzz with the latest about what’s for sale at world-leading furniture retailer Ikea: solar panels. Yes, the haven for affordable, off-campus furniture shopping is moving into a new realm. Its UK stores are encouraging shoppers to help the environment, making owning solar panels an “affordable reality” for all, according to a spokesperson quoted by Susanna Kim in the ABC News blog article “Ikea to sell solar panels to heat those meatballs,” posted on September 30, 2013. But if you’re renting or living in the dorm, you can’t just add solar panels to offset your campus carbon footprint. What kind of green initiative can you use in the dorms? And what are your schools doing to go green on campus? And honestly, just what is environmental sustainability? Here’s what you need to know! Read more

Bronx Zoo welcomes California sea lion pups — What zoo jobs are there for students?

They show up in our Facebook feeds, on Pinterest, and occasionally on Twitter: zoo babies, those adorable small creatures that our friends just can’t help but pass along, hoping to get a smile out of the people who read their feeds. When you see one of those cute-overload critters, do you retweet? If you’re the type who has been avidly following the latest news about the Bronx Zoo’s new California sea lion pup, then zoo jobs may be something you should consider for your future. But before thinking too hard about your future career, how about some cute? Read more

Best part-time college student jobs and where to find them- Good student job ideas

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Or course you can search for a part time job while still in school! (Photo credit: TalentEgg)

The high cost of college has many students searching for the best part-time jobs. Good student jobs are those that allow the college student a flexible schedule and a decent hourly rate. Even more valuable is the experience that you gain and the contacts that you make while working. The impact on your future career makes the choice of working a good one for students. Read more

Work life balance – Finding a balance between jobs and school work

Robert College Students in the Forum

Robert College Students in the Forum

Work life balance, are you kidding? There just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day! Well, we can complain all we want about long hours and grueling assignments, but finding a balance between work, school work and life is a task that you’ll have to master. The sooner you figure it out, the better. Here are some tips and tools to get you started.

Finding a balance

Can’t get motivated to find a routine that works for you? Think about the cost of not doing it. Your health, relationships and grades can all suffer if you aren’t able to get your act together and manage your time. Read more

Education news from around the U.S.: New MOOC format gaining popularity by the day; what’s in it for you?

It’s true that college costs keep rising with no end in sight. From textbooks and supplies to courses and certification exams, college students, and their parents, are definitely feeling the burn. But, there’s a new education innovation that is gaining popularity around the U.S.: Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, are just that — massive, open, online courses that allow students to watch/listen to lectures online, participate in online group discussions and stay current with reading assigned materials and taking quizzes and exams online. So, what’s in it for you? Read on for the latest in education news. Read more

Vacation packing list — Top tips on what to pack and what to cut

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Travel Guides (Photo credit: Vanessa (EY))

Summer vacation is as much a part of college life as the classes. Think warms sands at a beach, a hike in the mountains, or an adventure in a far-off land. Pack a good book, some music and a bottle of water, and that should do it. Well, you’ll need to think beyond the immediate needs of a relaxing vacation. Ask yourself: what are my activities, where will I be going, what will I be doing in the evening as well as in the daytime, am I prepared for an emergency? These are all important considerations when you create your vacation packing list. Read more

College student back to school tips: Choosing the right textbook

CengageBrain.com textbooksIt’s back to school and time to start thinking about purchasing those door stops — er, I mean textbooks! They are an investment in to education, so you want to make sure you have the right book, edition and year published that your college professor requires. Since buying textbooks is a college life right of passage, here are some student resources for purchasing the right textbooks. Read more

Easy ways to save money: Student discounts and tips to cut your top five money wasters

Money management tipsIt’s no fun running out of funds when you’re only halfway through the month. Are there any easy ways to save money? You bet there are. Student discounts are just the beginning. Now that you’re responsible for many, if not all of your own expenses, every penny counts. Here are a few ideas to help you get on track and take control of your money. Read more

Rent or buy textbooks for college: How to save money on your textbooks

Rent vs buy textbooksIt won’t be long before you’ll be hitting the books again. When it’s time to choose, which will you opt for? Will you rent or buy your textbooks for college? In this article we look at the pros and cons to each choice and give you a few ideas to help you save money on your textbooks. But there are other things to consider as well. Read more

Schlock rules: Summer 2013 movies to help you beat the heat

From left to right on stage: Hugh Jackman, Rya...

From left to right on stage: Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, Liev Schreiber, Lynn Collins, and will.i.am at the X-Men Origins: Wolverine premiere in Tempe, Arizona.

Summer is traditionally the time for schlock movies to abound. Whether it’s horror, action or high tech effects, summer 2013 movies are sure to fill the bill for everyone. Most viewers are looking for harmless fun and entertainment. Some are merely looking to beat the heat with industrial strength air conditioning. Here are a few of the movies that are coming your way. Read more